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Denver DA Citizens Academy

The Denver District Attorney’s Office is launching the revival of its Citizens Academy program to provide ongoing practical information to the citizens of Denver regarding the criminal justice system. The Citizens Academy is for individuals who live in or work in the City and County of Denver. To kick off its Citizens Academy program, the District Attorney’s Office will host a free, one-day, introductory “Denver DA 101” program on Saturday, October 13th featuring interactive presentations and discussions by the District Attorney and other members of the office.

The purpose of the Citizens Academy is to build and sustain a positive relationship between the community and the District Attorney’s Office; enhance public understanding of the District Attorney’s Office by providing insights into the operations and procedures of the Office; empower community members to become more proactively involved with the criminal legal system and their respective communities; and reduce crime and increase reporting due as a result of a better understanding of the laws, the criminal justice process, and the consequences of criminal misconduct.

WHEN: Saturday, October 13, 2018

9:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.

WHERE: Blair Caldwell African American Research Library

2401 Welton Street, Denver


9:00 a.m. Registration

9:30 a.m. Welcome & Introductory Remarks

10:00 a.m. How Does the DA’s Office Get a Case? Intake Process & Filing Decision Standards

11:00 a.m. County, District Court, & Specialized Prosecution Units

12 Noon Break/Lunch*

12:30 p.m. Victim Services & the Role of the Victim Advocate

1:30 p.m. Diversion & Community Programs

2:30 p.m. Introduction to the Trial Process

3:30 p.m. A Closer Look at Trials

4:15 p.m. Closing Remarks/Program Evaluation

4:30 p.m. Adjourn

*Please bring your own lunch


If you are a resident or work in the City and County of Denver and would like to attend this all-day program, please contact Michael Song at for an application, or go to, “Contact Us,” Denver Citizens Academy.